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exclamation point

the sign (!) used in writing after an exclamation.
this mark sometimes used in writing two or more times in succession to indicate intensity of emotion, loudness, etc.:
Long live the Queen!!
this mark sometimes used without accompanying words in writing direct discourse to indicate a speaker's dumbfounded astonishment:
“His wife just gave birth to quintuplets.”(!)
Also called exclamation mark.
Origin of exclamation point
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • My four days in Philadelphia have just been one exclamation point after another!

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • I put an exclamation point there because we felt one when we saw the vessel.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Selden has often gone by the name of the "exclamation point," since that time.

    Wreaths of Friendship

    T. S. Arthur and F. C. Woodworth
  • I know I've not honored you with so much as an exclamation point since my very first out-of-doors entry.

    Mavis of Green Hill Faith Baldwin
  • Each tree is an exclamation point, its branches short and numerous, rising toward the zenith.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
exclamation point in Culture

exclamation point definition

A punctuation mark (!) used after an abrupt and emphatic statement or after a command: “‘Help!’ he cried, as his boat floated toward the edge of Niagara Falls.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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